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Name:Slieve Donard [Sliabh Donairt]
Hill number:20016
Height:850m / 2789ft
RHB Section:43B: Mourne Mountains
County/UA:Newry, Mourne and Down (CoU)
County (CoH):Down (CoH)
Hill area:Mourne Mountains
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Historic County Top,
Current County/UA Top, Trail 100, Dillon, Vandeleur-Lynam, Arderin
Grid ref:J 35802 27694
Summit feature:large cairn
Col:25m  J065419  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 29
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Down historic county top
  • Newry, Mourne and Down current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 221 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
UHCW teamcbarbrook06/10/2019
From silent valley back via reservoirscjo14/09/2019
from Newcastle, via Glen River and the Mourne Wall, which sheltered me from the Howling Gale.IanHHill30/08/2019
With NB. Standard route from Newcastle. Thundery morning showers gave way to extremely humid, warm conditions with cloud at 500m, which broke up close to the summit giving fine but hazy views. Very busy. Mostly excellent path. Managed to buy an OSNI 1:25,000 map from the outdoor shop on the sea front very close to the car park.Owen B29/06/2019
Lovely walk up Glen River from Newcastle with Geraldine. Woodland and falls at first, then open moor between mountains. Mourne Wall offered constant shelter from brisk southerly. Cloud down, but views back toward Newcastle on way up. Went on to adjacent peak to make circular return.Pete West06/06/2019
850mThe Grouse30/09/2018
With CathyS. From Newcastle.masmith11/08/2018
From Trassey car park to Hare's Gap then via Brandy Pad to Slieve Donard - Slieve Commedagh - Slieve Corragh, back down to Trassey River and car parkkdbennett30/07/2018
Part of Mourne Wall challenge with a few detours.rhalstead04/05/2018
Evening ascent from Donard Park in Newcastle. Sometimes sunny, sometimes overcast, sometime heavy showers, often windy. Descended via the same route but in the dark.VirtualMountain25/04/2018
Slieve Donard circular - see Viewrangerpdhancock04/11/2017
From Bloody Bridge. Slieve Donard, Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Corragh and Slievenagloch. Great day in good weather. lovely views.Alunrees3319/09/2017
Solo. From Newcastle using the standard route beside Glen River to col between Slieve Commedach and Slieve Donard and then beside the Mourne Wall. The lower section through the forest, where the river comes down in a series of cascades, is a delight. About 150 others making the ascent.pwbellarby10/07/2017
10.5 mile walk in windy/sunny/overcast weather. Started at Bloody Bridge followed well defined path along Bloody Bridge River up to the Mourne Wall, from there slogged up to summit of Slieve Donard, busy on top, good views over most of Northern Ireland stretching far to Belfast, Strangford Lough, Lough Neagh and the Sperrins, also could see some of Ireland as well as the Isle of Man and maybe even Wales. Descended west from summit and climbed onto Slieve Commedagh (a lot less busier), descended the same way and followed Brandy Pad path back to Bog of Donard, climbed little trails onto Chimney Rock Mountain, descended to Bloody Bridge River and went down the same way back to car park. This was the last UK top I needed after completing Snowdon in 2008, Ben Nevis in 2014 and Scafell Pike back in March this year.DanTrig25/06/2017
feeling very tired today. slept in Newcastle by the sea on a layby feeling the last few days. Beautiful start to the walk through a pine forest up a stunning waterfall. hard last push to the cloudy windy summit. this one completed my set so was very happy.Scotty 2 Hotty21/06/2017
Parking in the main car park in Newcastle, then along the river through the woods then out onto open land, up to the saddle then up to the summit, amazing views today cold wind. OSNI Pillar located on the top of small stone shelter part of the Mourne Wall.griefmiester14/06/2017
Finally on our final N Ireland county top, a sunny day! From Newcastle car park, beautiful forest walk out onto moors, up to wall and the steep pull to the summit. Back by the Bloody Bridge River and return along coast road. 9.1 miles. All 92 County Tops in Home Countries climbed in 41 months!!callumorr02/06/2017
Parked in the carpark in Newcastle, through the park and up to wall before heading steeply for summitjmistry8616/04/2017
Slieve Donard from Bloody Bridge car park. Very boggy in places and snow blizzard at the top.Cicatrice22/03/2017
Overcast day, 4c, no rain. Started from Donard park, only a couple of other walkers on the trail. Was icy going up towards the saddle, and compacted ice on the path for the last 1000 feet. Hopped over the wall and went up the other side. Snowing at the top. Took some photos, sheltered in the small hut, had something to eat and headed down. Lovely hike, not too challenging.davenicoll10/02/2017
From Trassey car park to Slieve Bearnagh - (via Brandy pad) - Slieve Donard - Slieve Commedagh - Slieve Corragh - Slievenagloghkdbennett07/07/2016
A hard first day of 8 in the Mournes with Geoff 2I0NON. We combined this one with Slieve Commedagh. We worked 11 stations on 145-fm. Set off from Newcastle Co. Down. At the col we followed the Mourne Wall to the summit.G4OOE02/09/2015
climbed from donard car park glorious weather and viewscolinfielding17/08/2015
Part of Seven Sevens British Champs race with Zoe.Jim T15/08/2015
2nd ascent of this hill in two days, previous with my daughter. This was my 14th hill on the epic Mourne wall challenge but this time in glorious evening sunlight. The view from the flanks of Slieve Commedagh was fantastic. I stopped at the col to talk to a family who said there was a guy running up and down Slieve Donard from Donard park 12 times consecutively!! The slog up Donard hurted but the descent was slower and steeper than i expected and the walk back to Carrick little took a few more hours. I actually walked on top of the wall for the last 1.5 miles (in order to avoid the boggy ground) which was exhilarating.Dazingdale22/07/2015
Walked with daughter up the Glen River path from the Donard Park car park. Beautiful views and weather until the col at the Mourne wall was reached; ascent to the summit along the wall was undertaken in Mist. Descent bk to colwhere daughter built a mini Zen like cairn. Raven spotted on the wall.Descent same as ascent in the rain.Dazingdale21/07/2015
Went up for my Dads 60th birthday, he's now walked all 5 highest tops in the British Isles (well done him!), also with sister and mum in tow! Started off nicely from Newcastle and up via the forest, headed up into cloud and only got glimpses of a spectacular view you'd expect on a clear day. Needless to say it did clear as we reached the bottom of the mountain...... but an enjoyable all round walk, with some steep sections!Tor worth it30/06/2015
Finally got round to going to Northern Ireland. Up the main tourist route from Newcastle.PeterD30/06/2015
Lovely walk up from Newcastle with a steeper ascent nearer the summitnibley hiker30/06/2015
Started from the car park in Newcastle. Good views on the way up a good path. Cloudy at the top but well worth the climb!James McKnight23/10/2014
Started on the beach at Newcastle, to climb from utter sea level. Straight up the Glen River path (an easy route though rugged) to the saddle and then the long haul to the summit. (I climbed Slieve Commedagh too from the saddle.)AlexanderHoward23/08/2014
From Bloody Bridge campsite to Newcastle. Slieve Donard (850m), Slieve Commedagh (767m), Slieve Bearnagh (739m). Glorious weather.tobywharne24/07/2014
With Chris, Marcus, Charlotte, Constanze, Felicitas and Helen on Mournes trip with friends from CUHWC. Carrick Little - Binnian - Binnian N Tor - Lamagan - Cove - Slieve Beg - Donard - Newcastle in fantastic weather. A great linear walk.Mark Jackson01/07/2014
Mourne Wall Walk from Newcastle, ascended Donard @ 8PMPackmule02/05/2014
From Donard Park up to the Mourne wall.bolton13/09/2013
Donard Park in Newcastle - SW up woodland path alongside the Glen River - Path up to col between Slieve Donard & Slieve Commedagh - Up steep path to the cairn at the summit; gave the trig point a miss! (PM)gerrybowes13/09/2013
Slieve Donard, Slieve Commadagh, Slieve Corragh, Slievenaglogh and Slieve Beg from Newcastle. WS.Fred Windsor10/08/2013
Glen River path from the Donard Park car park.mad max13/07/2013
Mourne Wall walk. 6 Marilyns. 32km, +/-2850m, 13 hours. Full-on winter conditions over Slieve Donard. Recent heavy snow - 4 skiers seen.PGCE05/04/2013
Walked from Donard car park in Newcastle to the summit. Some-what cloudy on the day but good partial views,Chris92001/06/2012
Very misty on top with the criwds on a sunday afternoon up from newcastlegigglejon21/10/2011
From Newcastle YHA, along the road, right turn at Bloody Bridge then followed the Mourne Wall to the top. Extremely windy and no visibility - one of those walks...Richard10/09/2011
Beautiful day and so many walkers/climbers I was amazed. 2hr20 mins from Don Car Park to summit. it took 1 hr 40 to descend. Amazing day had by all 3. Aideen, ClodaghAudi-Anne20/08/2011
Northern Ireland HP with dadlerritt28/08/2010
2nd ascent. Exact date unknown, climbed in the evening with Joel and Winnie. Bloody Bridge route.Biffin01/06/2010
Hiked as part of 5 peak challenge. Lovely weather, nice start through some forest paths. Summit is a long line of steps - a killer !wee mac16/04/2010
As part of the 5 peaks challenge. Lovely walk in from Donard park in Newcastle, but the last pull is a killer slog. Great weather and views.Fwapp16/04/2010
National 3 (/4) peaks training. Solo. Register 3B, 4. (Date approx).rp101/04/2010